Magical Tour of China
Magical Tour of China series is for the intermediate young adult learner with SAT2 level proficiency. The goal is for them to continue building an enduring understanding of the language and culture as well as to achieve AP level proficiency. This curriculum integrates culture as a cornerstone for meaningful communication and follows three families who visit Beijing for the first time to experience Chinese language and culture. In addition to each lesson story, students can further develop their communication skills and build cultural awareness through mastery of literary and historical comparisons in the forms of poems, Chinese classics excerpts, road signs, newspapers, and radio clippings.
Magical Tour of China series has been adopted by the Department of Education in the following states:
Online Learning: Students, parents, and teachers can utilize Better Chinese Online Group Accounts to extend Chinese learning beyond the classroom. Students have a chance to review what they have learned in the classroom, and enjoy additional fun ways of learning Chinese, like our 1400+ animated stories, voice recorders, and writing pad. Parents can keep abreast of their students' progress by following the teacher's lesson plans. Teachers can monitor students progress, communicate with students via the message board, and assign homework or stories with a push of a button. The online resources correspond with our curricular series and overall, helps students develop their literacy skills by creating an immersive context for language learning.
Supportive Teacher/Parent’s Guide: Focusing on interpersonal, interpretational, and presentational skills, the teacher’s guide includes task-based assessments for lesson planning and goal setting. Teacher’s Guides are currently only available for Volumes 1 & 2 of Magical Tour of China series.
Additional Learning Tools: Other level-appropriate story CD-ROMs, supplementary books and online stories further facilitate and enhance Chinese language and cultural knowledge.
*Note: Magical Tour of China Series come with Simplified Characters and Pinyin.
Magical Tour of China series is for the intermediate young adult learner with SAT2 level proficiency. The goal is for them to continue building an enduring understanding of the language and culture as well as to achieve AP level proficiency.
Magical Tour of China
is designed for middle to high school students at the intermediate to
advanced level. The spiral-up approach allows students to review past
lessons as they advance through the volumes in the series! (Students who
have completed the My First Chinese Reader series or the Discovering Chinese series can smoothly transition into Magical Tour of China.)
For daily lessons/sessions (1-hour per session): Educators are
recommended to teach 1 lesson per school week. Each volume contains 9
lessons. We recommend middle school students to complete each volume in 1
academic year (approximately 32 weeks) with teachers supplementing
additional cultural and extracurricular learning, such as Chinese
Festivals, Chinese Yo-Yo, Chinese Hockey Sack, etc. For high school
students, we recommend students to complete each volume in 1 academic
semester with additional cultural activities and learning.
For fewer than 2 weekly sessions: In learning environments in
which students have 2 or less sessions per week, teachers are
recommended to complete 1 lesson in 2-3 weeks with additional cultural
activities and learning. This series is recommended for 1 to 2+ academic
years depending on learning objectives and goals.